The ASC AttackWall is the perfect studio acoustic solution when you don't have $100k to spend on construction and special materials. How your studio “sounds” and how your mixes translate is just as important as the gear in your signal chain. Without good acoustics you can’t hear the full content of the tracks and probably can’t get the mix right. In the AttackWall, you get a fantastic, clear perception of signal from the mix position, that stays independent of the room.
The AttackWall acoustic environment is freestanding, portable and completely modular, allowing you to “start small” and expand as the budget permits. Since it's freestanding, so you won't need to screw, nail or glue anything to your walls, making it great for renters or temporary spaces. It is so quick and easy to set up that you can take your AttackWall and monitors with you from job to job and know you will have the same mixing environment no matter where you set up. The result is crystal clear imaging, clarity and an experience that can only be described as good as "on the sound stage". Plus you know you're mixes will translate, so you're saving time and money in both the mixing and mastering of your projects!
The AttackWall was developed through a collaboration between ASC founder and acoustic engineer Art Noxon and recording engineer Sam Lynn Halonen and is made up of a combination of StudioTraps and MonitorTraps. StudioTraps are a 9" diameter tube custom designed so one half of the Studio Trap is treble range reflective and the back side is treble range absorptive, while the entire surface of the StudioTrap is bass range absorptive. The absorbing side of the Traps face the engineer to stop early reflections and the reflecting side of the Traps face the walls of the room to provide a time delayed diffusive ambience kick. Studio Traps are adjustable in height and are usually set up midway between the floor and ceiling, but they can be raised or lowered for different listening positions or line of sight requirements.
Placement and tuning is simple and intuitive with just a little bit of guidance from our technicians. RSPE Audio has 2 AttackWall systems, please contact one of our sales engineers to arrange for a demonstration, either in our showroom or if you're local to LA, in your own studio!
The essential configuration for a complete Attack Wall environment involves surrounding the recording console, engineer and speakers with Studio Traps that touch each other allowing no sound to "escape". This setup controls early reflections and the arrangement offers a significant overall improvement of intelligibility. The sound that manages to penetrate the face of the AttackWall is reflected back from the structural wall of the room and is absorbed in the specially designed diffusor side of each StudioTrap.
By adding additional Studio Traps behind the listening position in a staggered pattern a significant benefit is achieved. These Traps intercept and control reflections from the front and rear wall. With the complete system, you have essentially removed the mix position from the room.
The ACS AttackWall's main features include:
The AttackWall's absorptive sides control broad-band early reflections, creating a reflection free zone (RFZ) right at the mix position, regardless of the room size.
The AttackWall absorbs image-smearing early reflections, but lets others escape to provide time-delayed backfill. The ambience is provided by the diffusive sides of the StudioTraps, which scatter sound at 500 Hz and higher.
Studio monitors are nested between MonitorStand Tops and Bases, which upset the vertical symmetry in the room. The phase cancel effect is no longer present, and the engineer works in a linear environment... in any room.
The AttackWall loads bass just like the built-in mains found in a downtown studio. StudioTraps fit tight to the sides of the speaker to create a corner-loading short horn. This increases the efficiency of the speaker and projects the bass.
"The AttackWall Changed my Life!"
Grammy-Winning beatboxer with Penatonix, musician, rapper, record producer, singer, and songwriter chose the Attack Wall acoustic system to recreate professional studio quality sound and great imaging and clarity in his home studio.
"I got an AttackWall with 14 Tube Traps and two MonitorTraps set up all around the front of the room, and the imaging is incredible! It’s actually better than my other studio was; really, really, nice imaging, smooth midrange and top... It is pretty amazing that just a regular, residential, eleven-by-thirteen bedroom is actually now a useful recording space."
Grammy Winning DJ, singer, songwriter, and record producer Calvin Harris' management group called RSPE to convert one of his rooms into a studio. The AttackWall provided the perfect solution—allowing us to turn a small bedroom in to a useable studio space, eliminating the harsh sound reflections while not creating a space that sounded too "dead".
"By sticking a couple of (Studio) Traps up here, there and everywhere, I can make almost any space sound like a studio. You can make an old garage sound like a studio using Tube Traps. When you are finished, you can take them out and use them for other things. They are so extraordinary, they do so much more then you would imagine, they do so much more than bass trapping! Working in a small room is what we all do these days."
February, 2013, on tour with The Who.
Grammy Nominated progressive-house music producer and performer Deadmau5's management group contacted us because he needed to work on his newest project from his home studio in the Hollywood Hills. They needed to make sure the album had a BIG sound, so we recommended the world-class acoustic environment of the ASC AttackWall. After months of working on the project, he moved his studio to a room at Capitol records. He loved working in his red ASC AttackWall so much that he took it with him to continue production.
Grammy-Nominated American progressive and electro house DJ and music producer Morgan Page uses ASC Studio Traps in his studio to control the room acoustics, specifically reflections from the wall behind his listening position.
"The attack wall let's me have the sonic precision and tightness I've been looking for, and have not found in any room. It allows me to work in my open loft space, rather than the common commercial studio, which most writer/producers and artists I work with prefer."
"You kind of hear a detail with the Attack Wall that you don't get in other situations... I'm hearing subtleties in the delays, panning and imaging. Some studios are like that, some aren't, but with the Attack Wall it's like that every time."
Stuart White (Jay-Z, Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Alicia Keys)
Ranchworks Unlimited was working with limited space when needing to create two separate mix bays in one room. They employed two AttackWall systems to not only create separate mix environments, but also allow them to remove tubes from one AttackWall system to create a temporary vocal booth for voice-overs and overdubs.
What do you do to make an AttackWall even better? Emmy nominated sound designer Paula Fairfield (Game of Thrones, The River, Lost, Sin City) decided to answer that by incorporating a Dolby ATMOS system. This is something all of us at RSPE and ASC were excited about. With the help of Art Noxon's expertise, we were able to design and install the custom AttackWall with a specific TubeTrap system for the overhead speakers. The AttackWall provided the perfect, affordable solution to turn a small room in to a useable studio space, eliminating harsh sound reflections, and creating the perfect sound environment and imaging to effectively mix in ATMOS.
Film and Television Music Mixer: Start Trek, Jurassic World, Tomorrowland, Almost Human
"As I listened I was absolutely amazed to hear, and in my mind's eye, to see, microphone positions in the stereo panorama that I hadn't seen in decades -
I had maybe never heard these mixes as well as with the AttackWall. I was absolutely knocked out, just floored. I ordered an ATTACK Wall right there, and it's been a part of my studio world ever since."
Five time Grammy Award Winning Engineer Worked with Michael Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, LL Cool J, Quincy Jones, and more.
"ASC Tube Traps are a stroke of acoustic genius that has been overlooked, with the exception of an elite few, for many, many years. I too have been guilty of this gross oversight myself. Until recently. I've felt the common Mastering Studio design has been overdue for an overhaul for many years now. After a couple of years of research I've chosen the AttackWall to become a part of that overhaul for me permanently. I am no longer fighting the "room sound" by increasing the volume to overpower it. I can now work at a modest volume and hear everything in vivid detail."
Re-recording mixer and CEO of Sonic Magic Studios, has mixed over 200 films including: Memento, Saw and Meet the Parents.
"We've all been chasing room acoustics forever. Most of us have resorted to using near field speaker systems to compensate for the effect of the room. Regardless, it seems that the room always comes into play and we just can't figure out whether it's the speakers or the room that's impacting the mix. I've been using Tube Traps and the AttackWall Environment for years. It consistently allows me to mix with the same, incredible accuracy wherever I go or whatever I mix.
The AttackWall Environment has solved a huge problem in what we hear... I am supremely confident in the translation of every mix!"
"To put it simply, the ASC AttackWall delivers all the music, and none of the room. RSPE Audio's demonstration room was completely transformed after the installation of the AttackWall and the results are simply astonishing! We have listened to our new SM9 Studio monitor in the best rooms in the US and we haven't encountered a better environment to experience our new flagship speaker.
Very often, bass traps help you obtain a flatter response but take so much energy from the speakers that it feels lifeless. With the AttackWall, the bass response was controlled, yet punchy and we have a ton of headroom to crank the levels. Fantastique!"
Focal Professional, North American Sales Manager // Pro Audio
A four-time Grammy winner, Brian "Dr. Vibb" Vibberts has participated in the making of albums with a total of 250 Grammy Nominations and 65 Grammy Award Winners.
“I use an Attack Wall in my mixing room, which is OUTSTANDING! I love it."
"For recording, I always use the Quick Sound Field setup, whether I am at a smaller studio or I am at Ocean Way Recording! I have used it for recording vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, drums, horns, acoustic bass, choir, percussion, and more.”
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